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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


carbohydrate  listen  (KAR-boh-HY-drayt)

  A sugar molecule. Carbohydrates can be small and simple (for example, glucose) or they can be large and complex (for example, polysaccharides such as starch, chitin or cellulose).